My Constant Prayer
by Edmond Ng
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Up till this day, 32 years after I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I still stand alone as the only Christian in my immediate family, so I am praying that God will make a way to bring them all to Himself through me or anyone else, in whatever way possible.
An ardent Buddhist/Toaist, she is constantly suffering from pain resulting from acute arthritis of the knees and degenerating backbone. Now, in her old age, she looks forward to going to the nether world to meet my dad, who had passed on without receiving the Lord many years back. Every time an attempt is made to talk to her about Christ or even just to pray for her physical ailments, she would become sarcastic with unbelief, often undermining the Christian faith through hinted speech that holds obvious implications. I am praying for her heart to be softened and receptive, and for her to have more opportunities to hear about Christ through whatever means possible.
My Eldest Brother, Howe
He is more of a 'free-thinker', but participates in Buddhist/Toaist rites when required, being representative and head of family. He is open to siblings having their own faith. He lives with his wife and two sons. His wife, Susan, takes the faith of her immediate family who are ardent Buddhists/Toaists. He is now nearing retirement age.
My Second Brother, Albert
He and his wife, Choo, are Buddhists. Not too long ago, Choo suffered from cancerous brain tumor and had surgery twice. She is now continuing with her chemotherapy regularly. Albert is not educated in English, so there is a barrier for me to communicate with him. Normally, I will communicate through his only son, my nephew, instead. My nephew is an agnostic/atheist. He does not believe in God, and assumes faith is only for the weak, but he is willing to try any religion so long it can cure his mom.
My Third Brother, Francis
He and his wife, Ai, are 'free-thinkers', along with a son and daughter. Francis, being a former trained cadet for St. John's Ambulance and a medical orderly in the army during his national service, is assigned to look after my mom who resides at their house. Ai was a Christian, but gave up the faith after marriage because of the family's Buddhist/Toaist's background.
I'm the fourth in the family, the youngest who is considered by my mom as a rebellious son who have turned against the faith. When I was still a student, I acknowledged Christ as my Lord and Savior, and had to face many years of persecution. Today, although all of them have acceptable me for my belief, prejudices still exist especially with my mom, and it makes it even more difficult to reach out to her. My heart breaks every time I think of my mom and my siblings because they have yet to receive Jesus as Lord. I am praying for a breakthrough and for God to reach out to them, as I am not residing anyway near each of the family units of my siblings, and we do not normally meet each other except once a year during an annual festive season gathering, or when there are crisis in the family that need to be settled. I try visiting my mom once a couple of months, but few are the chances for me to bring up the topic of Christ because of her resistance of the faith, and especially because she believes if she should change to a different faith, she may never again meet dad in the other world.
Dear Lord, please help me reach out to my family. Show me the way I must take in order to bring them to You. Especially for my mom, Lord, I pray that You will soften her heart towards You, that she may no longer harbor any bitterness against me and my wife, Belinda, because of our refusal to perform the rites as son and daughter-in-law during my dad's funeral years ago. Open up her heart Lord and remove all prejudices against the Christian faith and let Your Word reach out to her in whatever way possible, whether through me or through other friends and relatives who are in the faith. Do not allow my mom, my siblings and their families, Lord, to turn to other faiths or believe in self-sufficiency. Open their eyes Lord that they may see their need for You. Dear Lord, be merciful to all of them and lead them to You. In Your name I pray, Amen.
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